Viscoelastic gets FDA OK

November 1, 2008

AMO's Healon D latex-free viscoelastic has been granted premarket approval by the FDA. The clear dispersive ophthalmic viscosurgical device (OVD) is designed to be used during phacoemulsification, intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, keratoplasty and glaucoma filtration surgery.

AMO’s Healon D latex-free viscoelastic has been granted premarket approval by the FDA. The clear dispersive ophthalmic viscosurgical device (OVD) is designed to be used during phacoemulsification, intraocular lens (IOL) implantation, keratoplasty and glaucoma filtration surgery.

Healon D has low viscosity and a low molecular weight, allowing it to provide lubrication for IOL insertion and to remain coating the cornea throughout surgery, thereby providing endothelial cell protection. Healon D will be available in dual-packs with either standard Healon, or with Healon GV, an existing AMO OVD, which has a high molecular weight and a high viscosity to allow increased expansion of the anterior chamber.

The packs containing Healon D will be available in the US before the end of the year.